Charlotte-based Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated has appointed James Helvey and Umesh Kasbekar to its board of directors. The company also said Morgan Everett has been named vice president and an executive officer. Each appointment is effective Jan. 1.
Helvey, who will serve on the board’s audit committee, is the founding managing partner of Cassia Capital Partners, LLC, a Winston-Salem-based asset management firm.
Kasbekar will be the vice chairman of the board, the company said in a statement this week. Kasbekar has been with Coca-Cola Consolidated for over 30 years and most recently served as the company’s senior vice president of planning and administration. He will continue to serve as the company’s secretary, a position he’s held since August 2012.
Everett has been with the company since 2004 and on its board since 2011.
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The nation’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated employs more than 2,000 in Charlotte, including about 900 at its SouthPark headquarters. Others work at a production center, water treatment center, Charlotte sales branches and a new call center the company opened in November in northeast Charlotte.
Charlotte Coca-Cola Bottling Co. opened as the state’s first bottling plant in 1902.